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Nature Conservancy maps places where wind turbines...

They identified over 140,000 square miles of optimal wind area in the central U.S. where the potential harm to sensitive species is low. Producing more wind energy in the U.S. can help reduce carbon pollution. But wind farms can harm wildlife, especially birds. Joe Fargione of the Nature Conservancy says golden eagles, for example, watch the ground while hunting. “They’re not looking where they’re going and they run into the...

Investors Want Companies to Disclose Environmental...

There’s a growing push from large investors in publicly traded companies to hold the companies accountable for the environmental impact of their practices. In the latest salvo, global companies worth more than $10 trillion are urging companies to disclose their environmental impact to investors, as Forbes reported. Activist campaigns have proven remarkably effective recently, as major investment firms...

‘Plastic Rain’ Is Pouring Down in Nati...

The plastic crisis has polluted the world’s oceans and created mountains in landfills. Microplastics have been identified wafting on the sea breeze and raining down on top of the Pyrenees. They travel on the winds and slowly drop down from the skies. Now, a new study has found that some of the most untouched areas of the U.S. are seeing 1,000 tons or more of microplastics rain down every year, according to The New York...

New High Seas Treaty Could Be a Gamechanger for th...

Most of us have never been to the world’s immense last wilderness and never will. It’s beyond the horizon and often past the limits of our imaginations. It contains towering underwater mountain ranges, ancient corals, mysterious, unknown forms of life and the largest seagrass meadow in the world. Yet it begins just 200 nautical miles off our shores. Technically referred to as “areas beyond national...

5 Green Cleaning Products for Tackling Messy Homes

In the past, eco-friendly cleaning products have held a bad reputation for being ineffective. As the demand for green products has grown, there’s been more innovation and better choices for consumers. Going green is great for your health and your home because not only do these items clean just as well as the chemical-laden options, but there’s also less chance that their ingredients will harm you—and the...

New Jersey Becomes First State to Put the Climate ...

New Jersey has invested in the future health of the planet by making sure the next generation of adults knows how human activity has had a deleterious effect on the planet. The state will be the first in the nation to make the climate crisis as part of its curriculum for all students, from kindergarten all the way to 12th grade, as NorthJersey.com reported. The Garden State’s Board of Education adopted the standards on...

If My House Were the World: The Renewable Energy T...

For the past two decades, my wife Janet and I have been trying to transition our home to a post-fossil-fuel future. I say “trying,” because the experiment is incomplete and only somewhat successful. It doesn’t offer an exact model for how the rest of the world might make the shift to renewable energy; nevertheless, there’s quite a bit that we’ve learned that could be illuminating for others as they contemplate what it will...

U.S. Ranks 24th in New Environmental Performance I...

President Trump‘s claim that the U.S. has the cleanest air and water in the world has been widely refuted by statistics showing harmful levels of pollution. Now, a new biannual ranking released by researchers at Yale and Columbia finds that the U.S. is nowhere near the top in environmental performance, according to The Guardian. Not only is the U.S. not in the top 10, it’s not in the top 20. It ranks 24th in the...

Trump Opens Marine Sanctuary to Commercial Fishing

In a move that environmentalists warned could further imperil hundreds of endangered species and a protected habitat for the sake of profit, President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation rolling back an Obama-era order and opening nearly 5,000 square miles off the coast of New England to commercial fishing. “We’re opening it today,” Trump said during a roundtable talk in Maine with commercial...

‘Another Blow to the Black Community’:...

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday mandating federal agencies bypass key environmental reviews of energy and infrastructure projects. Trump said the rule was designed to stimulate the economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but critics say the move will disproportionately impact communities of color amidst ongoing national protests following the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor...

Clean Water Act Rollback: Trump’s EPA Limits...

The Trump administration has finalized a rule making it harder for states and tribal communities to block pipelines and other infrastructure projects that threaten waterways. The change concerns Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, which essentially gives states and tribes veto power over projects that would hurt their water quality, The Hill explained. The changes, announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Energy Use in Food Production

The U.S. food system uses a massive amount of energy from start to finish. In 2018, the U.S. consumed 101.1 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units) of energy. The food system makes up 10 percent of that total, landing it at about 10.11 quadrillion Btu. That number might not mean much at first glance, but put another way, the U.S. consumes as much energy preparing and transporting food as France uses to power the entire...

Amazon to invest in 2 Ohio solar farms

Amazon is investing in five solar farms across the world, including two in Ohio, as part of its goal to use all renewable energy by 2030. Amazon’s latest investment in Ohio is solar farms. The online retailer has announced five new solar projects around the world — two in Ohio and one each in Virginia, China and Australia. The projects are part of Amazon’s goal of relying entirely on renewable energy by 2030. Amazon’s...

15 EcoWatch Stories on Environmental and Racial In...

  15 EcoWatch Stories on Environmental and Racial Injustice   As protests are taking place across our nation in response to the killing of George Floyd, we want to acknowledge the importance of this protest and the Black Lives Matter movement. Over the years, we’ve aimed to be sensitive and prioritize stories that highlight the intersection between racial and environmental injustice. From our years of...

Corporations Don’t Have to Pay Pollution Fin...

Corporations that flouted environmental regulations and spewed pollutants into the air and dumped them into waterways will not be required to pay the fines they agreed to during the pandemic, according to The Guardian. The forbearance of payments totals $56 million from ten corporations for a variety of violations across the country, including polluting air and water in already vulnerable communities, like East Chicago,...

FERC Might Rewrite Solar Net Metering. Here’s What...

A recent petition to FERC could trigger nationwide changes to solar net metering, with potentially significant market implications, the authors write. FERC Might Rewrite Solar Net Metering. Here’s What That Could Mean A recent petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could trigger nationwide changes to solar net metering. On April 14, the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) petitioned FERC to assert...

Columbus, OH exceeds EV adoption goal

Dive Brief: Columbus, OH residents have purchased 3,323 electric vehicles (EV) over the past three years, exceeding its EV adoption goals created in 2016 amid a $10 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The grant followed the city’s win of the $40 million U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. Only 0.4% of cars sold in the Columbus-area were EVs as of 2016, a figure that...

As U.S. lakes and rivers warm, reports of harmful ...

Heavy downpours contribute to the problem by washing nutrients into waterways. During summer in central New York, residents often enjoy a refreshing dip in the region’s peaceful lakes. But sometimes swimming is off-limits because of algae blooms that can make people sick. “Some of the algae may produce chemical toxins that can have harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, terrestrial and marine mammals, and birds,” says...

COBALT IS CRITICAL TO THE RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSIT...

May 14, 2020 — Its name conjures an image of vivid deep blues. But when cobalt is dug out of the ground in ore form, there’s barely a hint of the rich hue it lends its name to. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which produces more than half of the world’s supply, it takes the form of heterogenite, a dull brownish mineral that could easily be mistaken for small clods of dirt. But people die for this mineral. Children...

LESS THAN 10% OF ALL PLASTIC TRASH EVER PRODUCED H...

May 21, 2020 — Plastic. It’s not hard to see how anyone who is appalled at the despoliation of the environment could think that the world would be better without it. Nearly 10% of the world’s oil is used in making it. It has enabled the proliferation of cheap goods — cramming closets, landfills and otherwise-unspoiled places where it could remain for decades, if not centuries. Yet, because it’s so much lighter than the steel...